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The Settlement Survey of Tikal

The Settlement Survey of Tikal: Tikal Report 13

Dennis E. Puleston
William A. Haviland Volume Editor
William R. Coe
William A. Haviland
Copyright Date: 1983
Pages: 144
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    The Settlement Survey of Tikal
    Book Description:

    This volume is an essential reference in the study of Classic Maya settlement patterns. Maps of four cardinally oriented strips, each extending 12 km from central Tikal, document the survey area. In addition to these major overall maps (at 1:5000), a number of 1:2000 maps cover the many relatively smaller sites. The accompanying text explains the strategy, procedures, and theoretical considerations of mapping systems.

    eISBN: 978-1-934536-35-3
    Subjects: Archaeology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. iii-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    William A. Haviland
  5. I Introduction
    (pp. 1-2)

    A persisting legacy of this “old-fashioned” archaeology has been a lack of detailed maps that go much beyond the immediate vicinity of known centers. Apart from the rather unspecific generalizations produced by Tozzer’s early muleback survey in Peten (1913:149-150 and PI. 31), and Sanders’s (1962-63:211) rough coverage of a 300 km² area in the Chontalpa (for which maps have yet to be published), good comparative data on the distribution of structures and other features constructed by the Maya beyond the confines of what have been called major and minor centers (see below) are sadly lacking. The Uaxactun housemound survey (Ricketson...

  6. II Field Procedures
    (pp. 3-6)

    The task before us was really unknown. Our intention was to map as many square kilometers of terrain beyond the 9 km² area covered by the 1:2000 maps presented in TR. 11 as we could. The difficulties of survey in the Maya lowlands (Rice and Puleston 1981:121-137), including the impossibility of using available aerial photography, along with limitations of time, energy, and money, forced us to devise new techniques for mapping and even for ceramic survey. Despite their limitations, they served us well and should be useful in other areas.

    The use of aerial photographs has become a mainstay of...

  7. III Map Preparation
    (pp. 7-9)

    The preparation of the peripheral survey maps posed a number of problems that did not always have easy solutions. In most instances we had to compromise in some way, and so not all solutions were ideal.

    One of the first problems faced was the question of scale. Since publication of the TR. 11 maps, it has been the custom to publish maps of Maya ruins at a scale of 1:2000. We have followed this precedent for the maps of minor centers that appear as Figs. 8-16; however, publication of the strip surveys at that scale would be prohibitively expensive, and...

  8. IV Survey Commentary
    (pp. 10-22)

    Though the bulk of the information on the survey strips is self-evident, there is also an important body of more subjective information which is best presented in the form of a running commentary. This should serve to highlight anomalies which might otherwise pass unnoticed, while also providing an opportunity to record significant information and observations which do not appear on the maps at all. Starting in each case at Tikal’s center and working outwards, the commentary will cover first the E survey strip and then in order the S, W, N, NW Park border, and Uaxactun strips.

    Apart from Plat....

  9. V Conclusions
    (pp. 23-26)

    Maps, such as those presented in this report, represent the essential first step in understanding regional settlement patterns of the past. Necessary though they are, they are not sufficient by themselves, for the fact is that without a substantial body of excavation and other data, even the best maps can be seriously misleading. The data needed to understand these maps are presented for the most part in TR. 24 and 38. Nonetheless, there are a few broad conclusions that we can draw on the basis of the data in hand.

    In Figs. 17-19 are presented graphs that depict structure and...

  10. Appendix 1 Structure and Chultun Locations in the Four Quadrants of the Tikal National Park
    (pp. 27-43)
  11. Appendix 2
    (pp. 44-45)
  12. Appendix 3
    (pp. 46-47)
  13. References
    (pp. 48-50)
  14. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)